How to Install FreeIPA on Ubuntu 20.04


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Installing FreeIPA on Ubuntu 20.04

FreeIPA is an open-source identity management system that provides centralized authentication, authorization, and account information for Linux/Unix network environments. It combines several components such as LDAP directory services, Kerberos authentication, and DNS services into a single cohesive framework.

Here are the steps to install FreeIPA on Ubuntu 20.04:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade
$ sudo apt install freeipa-server
$ sudo hostnamectl set-hostname ipa.example.com

Replace "ipa.example.com" with your desired hostname.

$ sudo apt install bind9

Edit the /etc/bind/named.conf.options file and make the following changes:

forwarders {;   // Replace with your DNS server IP

recursion yes;
$ sudo systemctl start bind9
$ sudo systemctl enable bind9
$ sudo ipa-server-install

Follow the prompts and provide the necessary information for your environment.


Replace "ipa.example.com" with your FreeIPA server's hostname.

  1. Update the system packages:
  2. Install the necessary packages:
  3. Configure the hostname:
  4. Configure DNS:
  5. Start and enable BIND service:
  6. Install FreeIPA server:
  7. Access the FreeIPA server web interface:

That's it! You have successfully installed FreeIPA on Ubuntu 20.04. You can now use it for centralized authentication and identity management in your Linux/Unix network environment.

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